That directive sparked the completion of the tower on St. James Anglican Church by September 1909, and a chime of eleven bells, complete with a tower clock, was installed. On Sunday, Sept. 26, 1909, the Bishop of Huron, David Williams, dedicated the bells. He observed in his sermon: "The tower will remain a silent beauty . . . forever a silent unchanging joy. But the bells are different. They will compel your attention. They will not allow you to pass them. They will ring with you in sorrow and in joy."
The "best-developed boy of one year, six years and 10 years" was to share in prizes at the North Perth Agricultural Fair, those prizes drawn from the interest from a $500 bequest from Mr. Battershall. Another bequest of $500 was to provide newspapers for those in the hospital, the refuge and the jail. He left $1,000 to the Stratford Hospital Trust to be used for patients in the public ward, to supply them "with oatmeal, cornmeal, milk and sugar."
He made many other bequests in his will. Some of his money was given away before he died. After his death, it was discovered he had made more bequests than he had money to cover them, and the court was asked to determine how the money should be distributed. When it was before the Toronto courts, a Toronto newspaper said the Battershall will was "as strange a document as was ever drawn up by a lawyer." With notes from Stanford Dingman